Finding small upsides to gloomy economic times is not easy, but surely the boomlet in sales of crafts and craft supplies is something to celebrate during this holiday season. Despite Americans’ love of shiny new gadgets and gifts, many are turning to the old-fashioned charm of handknit mittens and homemade scrapbooks to get them through the 2008 holidays. Perhaps handmade gifts remind us of the perceived stability of earlier generations when a family afghan was cherished year after year, something unlikely to happen to the latest version of an i-pod. Whatever the reason, let’s enjoy the return to the past. It won’t last forever, and our old shopping habits will return in years to come, but it’s good to remember we still have resources from the past to keep us going through hard times.
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